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Be Prepared! Podiatrists Take
Scouting Motto to Heart at Jamboree

very four years, tens of thousands of Boy Scouts
Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) and gathered resources he
ages 12 and older from across the councould share with the scouts. AACPM provided sticktry converge on Mount Hope, WV, for
ers for its mentor network so that scouts could
the Boy Scouts of America National Scout Jamconnect with mentors in the future to learn more
boree. The 2017 jamboree, held July 19-28, was
about podiatry firsthand.
an exciting opportunity for scouts to share
He also went one step further: He emailed
their mutual interests with
one of the medical directors
others from different states
for the jamboree and asked
and backgrounds, all while
for a list of all the podiatrists
Podiatrists are much-needed
participating in outdoor adparticipating. "Everybody who
ventures including climbwas volunteering was a memmedical personnel at the jamboree.
ing, rappelling, hiking, raftber of APMA, and I'm not surThe challenging terrain and
ing, and even skateboarding.
prised, because I'm thinking if
It was also an opportunity
someone is interested enough
active kids combine to
for six APMA member podiato take time out of practice to
produce
injuries
and
overuse.
trists to give back to the scoutvolunteer, that would probing community-and proably be someone interested
mote their profession to more than 30,000 participants.
enough to be a member of their professional association."
Podiatrists are much-needed medical personnel at the jamUsing APMA's member directory, Dr. Blank contacted each
boree. The challenging terrain and active kids combine to proof his colleagues and shared his idea about promoting the produce injuries and overuse. "Kids who have underlying risks
fession at the jamboree. Each podiatrist agreed to help spread
for foot and ankle problems tend to have some of these condithe word, and Dr. Blank arranged for AACPM to send them
tions become more acute," said Bruce Blank, DPM, a member
materials to distribute, as well.
in private practice in Ohio and West Virginia. "If a kid has a
tendency toward weak ankles and he walks 10 miles per day,
a lot of issues come up." This year, more than 8,000 patients
were treated in the medical tents at the jamboree.
"Podiatry was such an important part of the jamboree," said
Michael Younes, DPM, from Pennsylvania. "When we showed
up, it was like a weight was lifted off of the other specialists.
The other clinicians were all intrigued by our practice. We
were always on call for any lower extremity pathology. The
amount of respect for our specialty was very evident when our
skills came into play."
The podiatrists who volunteered were all Eagle Scouts.
Although a week or two away from practice was a significant
demand, they said they felt compelled to give back to the
scouting tradition. "Scouting meant a lot to me growing up
Michael Kooyman, DPM, provides medical treatment.
and still has an important place in my heart," Dr. Blank said.
As the event approached, he realized he had a huge opportunity not only to help individual scouts, but also to adPodiatrist Volunteers at 2017 Jamboree
dress an issue that has weighed heavily on his mind lately.
"I've been giving a lot of thought to the [podiatry student]
Michael Ball, DPM, Boca Raton, FL
recruitment issue. Podiatry is still the best-kept secret in
Bruce Blank, DPM, Martins Ferry, OH
medicine. I thought, if I'm going to be at the jamboree and
David Kirlin, DPM, Gastonia, NC
have contact with all these kids, I'll have a chance to ask them
Michael
Kooyman, DPM, Las Vegas
if they're interested in medicine or science and suggest podiLouis Scotti, DPM, Bronx, NY
atry as a career."
Michael Younes, DPM, Lancaster, PA
In keeping with the scout motto, Dr. Blank prepared. He
contacted APMA and the American Association of Colleges of

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